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Mandela Uni student sworn in as Member of Parliament

11/06/2019

Mandela University Alumnus, Baxolile Babongile Nodada (BA ’14; BAHons Political Science ’15), was recently sworn in as one of the Democratic Alliance's youngest Members of Parliament in South Africa. 

He served on the SRC from 2013 -2015 and received the SRC Member of the Year in 2015. 
In 2016, he was elected as the youngest PR Councillor in Nelson Mandela Bay. He is the Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance's Student Organisation (DASO) in the Eastern Cape. He is a graduate of the 2018 top 20 Young Leaders Programme where he pioneered his foundation ‘The Brothers Circle’. He is currently completing his master’s in Development Economics with Nelson Mandela University.
 
 
When asked how he felt about his new appointment he responded; “I am extremely grateful to the voters of South Africa to represent their needs and aspirations. Our mission should always be about creating a culture of caring about the next person whether something affects us individually or when no one is watching. The fight is not against our opponents but the harsh realities facing South Africans; such as poor education, unemployment, crime and lack of basic services. Our duty is to simply not talk at each other and look popular but talk to each other in mitigating solutions that will redress the legacies of the past, reconcile the country, build on our diversity; be it race, religion, gender, ethnicity and deliver prosperity for all South Africans. That’s the conviction I carry on this new journey.”
 

 

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